Cambridge & Q Acoustics AM/FM CD System
Amazingly Good Performance From A Compact System
Includes The Mighty Cambridge Audio AXR85 AM/FM Receiver That Puts Out 85 Watts Per Channel, Excellent Sounding Q Acoustics 3020i Speakers & The Smooth Sounding Cambridge Audio AXC25 CD Player
Supplied With Wireworld Interconnect & QED Speaker Cable
About The Cambridge & Q Acoustics AM/FM CD System
Choosing a new stereo system can be tricky. However, back in 1980 when Audio Trends was born, this is all we did! Of course the audio scene has grown significantly since then, but we still sell a lot of straight stereo gear. Our systems are all based on a simple philosophy. (1) Do they sound good; (2) are they good quality and (3) are they good value for money? We invite you to check out our various system combinations; come in for a demo or call our friendly and experienced staff to discuss more.
Cambridge are known for their beautiful Hi-Fi components and there is no exception with the AX Series which pairs high quality with outstanding value for money and is the perfect way for the Hi-Fi curious to build their first stacking separates system. Taking design cues from Cambridge's award-winning Edge and CX ranges, Cambridge have designed the AX Series components to be a straightforward introduction to Great British Sound. We've teamed up the Cambridge AXR85 stereo receiver and AXC25 CD Player with a pair of British designed Q-Acoustics 2-way speakers and QED 79 Strand cable which both it and the Deltron banana plugs we fit are actually made in England! Let's take a closer look.
Cambridge Audio Receiver & CD Player
The Cambridge Audio AXR85 stereo receiver forms the heart of this mid level system and delivers performance way above its price point. With a very impressive 85 Watts per channel output, it has enough grunt to fill larger rooms with clean, effortless sound. Twin speaker outlets mean you can have a pair of speakers in another room or spread four speakers around a large, open-plan space. The speaker connections are substantial binding posts so thicker gauge wire can be accommodated. There are four separate stereo line level connections for connecting the CD player and any other components you own now or will maybe buy sometime in the future. There is also a dedicated phono input for a turntable, as well as a convenient 3.5mm input on the front panel for smartphones. A full size headphone socket provides the sonic goods while tone controls help tailor the sound to your liking. With Bluetooth built-in, streaming music from your smartphone, tablet or laptop is just a click away. Pair with your device and effortlessly stream your stored music and popular music streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music. Covering all the bases, the Cambridge Audio AXR85 also features a built-in FM/AM radio tuner and with 30 presets, you can quickly call up all your favourite stations - please note radio reception is not available in all areas. With a white display screen, this sleek looking amplifier is housed in a substantial chassis which sports a stylish thick grey brushed aluminium front panel which looks great in any interior and it comes with...another remote control!
Let's face it, you've probably got 100's or even 1000's of CDs! These still offer a high level of performance and way above MP3 - the basic standard on streaming services. The AXC25 is the entry level CD Player in the Cambridge range which naturally has all the essentials a good disc player needs. The Cambridge AXC25 is a super-cool and versatile CD player with gapless playback and featuring a high quality digital to analogue converter (DAC), to convert the digital information stored on a CD into an analogue sound signal. As well as regular audio CDs, the AXC25 will play MP3 and WMA files from home recorded CD-R, CD-RW and CD-ROM discs. There's also a dedicated digital output which allows you to record from a CD to a digital format or even connect to a standalone DAC when you're ready to improve your sound even further. With a multi-function display screen, this sleek looking CD Player is housed in a substantial chassis which sports a stylish thick grey front panel which looks great in any interior.
Q Acoustics 3020i Speakers
The 3020i is the latest incarnation in the 3000 series of speakers from Q-Acoustics. In fact the previous model was a 5-Star Award-Winning speaker. At the heart of these revised speakers is a much-improved cabinet. P2P (Point-to-Point) bracing is now deployed to enhance rigidity and reduce cabinet distortion. Reducing cabinet distortion lets the drive units operate at their optimum, giving a cleaner, purer sound.
If you are looking for large scale sound then these compact bookshelf speakers put out a quality room filling sound despite their small size. This is thanks to their small but precision drivers which focus on the power to size ratio. The crossover has been revised to take advantage of a larger cabinet volume than the previous model to enhance sensitivity and bass extension.
Cabinet Construction: Q Acoustics have consistently designed aesthetically pleasing cabinets and the 3020i keeps the same basic design as its predecessor, the 3020. The curved MDF boxes offer a modern take on the classic bookshelf design and the shiny chrome framing around the drivers mean many may opt to leave the magnetic front grilles off. The 3020i has been made 25% taller and deeper than previous models. This increased internal volume has enabled Q Acoustics to gain an extended low frequency response from the ported design so that more-than-ever the smaller enclosures in the range belie their diminutive stature with an impressively large-scale sound. As an added benefit, noise created inside the enclosure has been greatly reduced. While similarly priced enclosures (not sold by Audio Trends!) often respond to a light knock with a hollow echo, the 3020i feels decisively solid. In fact, Q Acoustics have now deployed internal P2P (point-to-point) bracing to reduce cabinet distortion.
The 3020i features low profile binding posts that have been incorporated with sockets deep enough to accept 4mm Banana Plugs and now stick out rather than being embedded inside a small cavity like most speakers. With the plugs installed, you will have a depth of around 340mm
Note: Q-Acoustics recommend you connect an amplifier/receiver in the 25 to 75 Watts per channel output. So what's the deal with the Cambridge AXR85 which is rated at a maximum 85 Watts per channel? The first thing to note is that these are at the extreme ends of the spectrum. The second is that it is distortion that kills speakers and this happens when either product is driven past its maximum and that is key. So the Cambridge AXR85 with 85 watts output per channel is right on the money so to speak and in a small to medium room, both amp and speakers operated sensibly will give a really good performance. The last point has to do with the SPL specification. To deliver good bass, the Q Acoustics 3020i's have an 88dB SPL and this requires a 'high-current' amplifier design or put simply, something like the Cambridge AXR85 which is likely a bit of overkill but overkill is nice sometimes. Need to know more? Then call us on (03) 9874 8233.
Pre-Terminated Speaker Cable Included: Yes, this system is truly complete. The QED brand has been sold world-wide for over 40 years. In fact they started around about the same time we did. Audio Trends has probably sold enough 79 strand cable to go to the moon and back - well it seems that way! It is a really good quality cable with fairly neutral sound character and at a reasonable price. To make it easy to connect to the amplifier and speakers, our service department solders Deltron banana plugs to all ends making the system truly plug-n-play
Q Acoustics make expensive speakers nowadays, but they're best known for the performance of there affordable speakers like the 3020i. The 3020i's don't boast an exotic design, technological gimmicks, or rare materials. Instead, they’re proof of how far good engineering and tasteful tuning goes. Both classy and modern, the rounded corners set them apart from the usual boxy fare in this price class. They don’t have the same imposing heft common to similarly priced speakers – which helps dampen resonances – but Q Acoustics says it’s designed the internal bracing through computer modelling so as to minimise noise from the speaker‘s enclosure. They definitely have a distinctively European flavour and deliver a neutral and transparent sound. There are other speakers in the same price-range including Acoustic Energy and Paradigm and really all three brands are winners. If you want a bit more bottom end kick, why not invest in a subwoofer? And yes, we do have small subwoofers that will virtually disappear and not cost a truckload. See below for recommendations. Same with Cambridge Audio. The Receiver and CD player are built on solid designs that are proven performers. The power output of the Receiver is ample for the speakers in a small to medium sized room - say around 28 square metres. As is our custom, the system comes with QED 79 strand speaker cable which again is a foundation product. If you've got a few extra dollars to spend, upgrade the cable to QED XT25.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: Complete Stereo System including AM/FM stereo receiver, CD player, speakers and cables
Cambridge Audio AXR85 AM/FM Receiver
- Power Output: 2 x 85 Watts (into 8 Ohms)
- Frequency response (-3dB): 5Hz - 50kHz
- Bass/Treble controls: Boost/cut +/- 10dB @ 100Hz and 10kHz
- Phono Input: Yes. Accepts MM (Moving Magnet) Cartridge
- Line-Level Inputs: 3 x stereo pair RCA
- Line-Level Outputs: 1 x stereo pair RCA
- Subwoofer Output: Yes
- Headphone Jack: Full size 6.35mm
- Speaker Wire Terminals: Accept bare wire or banana plugs
- A+B Speakers: Yes
- AM/FM Tuner: Yes, with presets. Basic dipole antenna included.
- Note: Radio reception is subject to a lot of variables and we cannot guarantee reception quality. If needed, call us to discuss further
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 430 x 83 x 335mm
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years
Cambridge Audio AXC25 CD Player
- Files: Support for CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM discs & MP3 and WMA files
- DAC: Wolfson Microelectronics WM8524 DAC
- S/PDIF Output Impedance: <75 ohms
- Gapless Playback: Yes
- Frequency Response (+/-0.4dB): 20Hz - 20kHz
- Cables: Includes a pair of RCA Cables to connect to the receiver
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 430 x 75 x 305mm
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years
Q Acoustics 3020i Bookshelf Speakers
- Q Acoustics 3020i - can be set up on shelves or speaker stands (sold separately - see below for recommendations)
- Design: 2-way 2-driver bookshelf speaker
- Speaker Stands: Optional Speaker Stands recommended
- Enclosure Type: Bass reﬂex
- Bass Driver: 1 x 125mm (5")
- Treble Driver: 1 x 22mm (0.9") Dome
- Sensitivity (2.83V @ 1m): 88dB
- Recommended Ampliﬁer Power: 25-100 Watts - must be 'clean' power
- Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms Compatible
- Minimum Impedance: 4 Ohms
- Frequency Response: (+3 dB, -6 dB): 64 Hz – 30 kHz
- Crossover Frequency: 2.4kHz
- Cabinet Volume (in litres): 6.1L
- Grille Covers: Magnetic
- Speaker Wire Terminals: Will accept bare wire and banana plugs
- Bi-Wire Capability: No
- Finish: Available in Carbon Black; Arctic White and English Walnut (We will contact you to confirm colour)
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 170 x 278 x 282mm
- Net Weight: 5.5kg each
- Delivery: Free Delivery
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 Years - not including misuse
- Wireworld Stream 8 RCA to RCA 1 metre interconnect cable to connect the CD player to the receiver
- QED Profile 79 Strand 2m per channel speaker cable terminated with soldered Deltron banana plugs to connect the receiver to the speakers
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE